Inland River Gorges
Access to these sites is 11km from town along the Kalbarri-Ajana Road. Turn off at The Loop/Z-Bend Road, the first 12km of this road is sealed with the remaining 19km unsealed, accessible to most traffic including two-wheel drives. Motorhomes, large campervans or any vehicle towing are not advised to travel onto this road, trailer parking is provided at entrance for those needing to unhitch caravans etc. This is a day use park only and as such no camping is permitted. Click here for information on camping areas.
We recommend to check with the visitor centre for current road conditions as heavy rainfall can close this road.
Meanarra Hill Lookout
This should be your first stop in the morning on the way out to the River Gorges. Just a few kilometres out of town this limestone capped peak is visible from several different locations around Kalbarri. Take the short walk to learn how this area was once part of an ancient coral reef system. At 207m above sea level this is the perfect vantage point for 360° views of Kalbarri and the Murchison River flowing into the Indian Ocean.
West Loop lookout (Inyaka Wookai Watju)
Class 1, 500m return
A leisurely walk to spectacular views of the Murchison River and park hinterland. Discover why it is called the Loop.
Class 3, 1km return
Walk down a picturesque trail to one of WA’s most iconic natural attractions. Natures Window perfectly frames the river and is top on the list of photo opportunities.
Class 3, 1.2 km return
Considered by many to offer the most breathtaking view of the park, the gorge plunges 150m down where red river gums create a striking contrast against the earthy Tumblagooda sandstone.
Z-Bend River Trail
Class 4, 2.6km return
Access from the Z-Bend lookout path, this demanding hike provides river access. Expect loose rocks, steep descents and ladder climbs with spectacular scenery along this trail.
Four Ways Trail (Idinggada Yina)
Class 4, 6km return
Starting at the Z-Bend car park, this strenuous hike descends to the river with the return leg more challenging. For those interested in geology and landforms this stunning hike is a must.
Class 4, 8km return
Keen and well prepared walkers can continue further into the gorge system and complete the 8 km Loop Trail – a challenging but impressive walk. Along the way you’ll pass vantage points that provide different perspectives on the switchback course of the Murchison River.
Access to these following sites is 36km from town on the Kalbarri-Ajana Road. These are sealed roads suitable for any vehicles with a loop carpark, toilets & shelter.
Class 1, 200m return
Hawk’s Head is aptly named after the shape of the rock structure seen from the lookout. Enjoy the gorge views from a picnic area or wander down the sealed path to the lookout above the river.
Ross Graham Lookout
Class 3, 700m return
Named after the first school teacher in Kalbarri, Ross Graham was a devoted conservationist who aided in the exploration of the Murchison River. This lookout offers breathtaking views over the gorges. Take a short walk from the lookout down to the river’s edge and relax under the shady canopy.